3 ways to find and foster more workplace contentment

Focus on other people, accept that ‘perfect’ doesn’t exist, and seek happiness outside that cubicle.

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Marketers love to spout about content being king, but savvy communicators know that contentment holds far more power in every workplace kingdom.

It’s simple: When we’re happy at work, we produce better work. Contentment boosts morale, energy, productivity and just about any other positive professional attribute you can think of. Alternatively, a crew of unhappy workers will suck the life from your company faster than a throng of thirsty vampires at a blood bank.

So, we all want contentment—and wish our colleagues and bosses had more of it—but how do we get it?

Perhaps more important, how can we communicators help create an environment that breeds contentment, happiness and employee satisfaction? Try these three ideas on for size:

1. Find it elsewhere. Corporate execs and leaders should be obsessed with workplace contentment, but a huge majority never really take it seriously. Most honchos are interested in “employee engagement” inasmuch as it relates to productivity and profits, but not so much with meeting staffers’ profound emotional needs.

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